Lê Công Vinh

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In this Vietnamese name, the family name is , but is often simplified to Le in English-language text. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the given name Vinh.
Lê Công Vinh
Le Cong Vinh, V-League 2009.JPG
Cong Vinh playing for Song Lam Nghe An F.C.
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-12-10) 10 December 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Quỳnh Lưu, Nghệ An, Vietnam
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Song Lam Nghe An F.C.
Number 9
Youth career
1998–2004 Song Lam Nghe An F.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Sông Lam Nghệ An 61 (49)
2008–2012 Hà Nội T&T 40 (25)
2009 Leixões (loan) 2 (0)
2012–2013 Hà Nội FC 23 (11)
2013– Sông Lam Nghệ An 34 (22)
2013 Consadole Sapporo (loan) 9 (2)
National team
2003–2007 Vietnam U23 23 (11)
2004– Vietnam 59 (35)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 01, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 2 2014

Lê Công Vinh (born 10 December 1985 in Nghệ An, Vietnam) is a Vietnamese footballer who plays forward for V.League 1 club Sông Lam Nghệ An. He is also a member of the Vietnamese national team.

Club career[edit]

Sông Lam Nghệ An[edit]

Born in Nghệ An, Vinh is well known Vietnamese footballer. Vinh alongside with Phạm Văn Quyến are widely considered the two best strikers that Sông Lam Nghệ An has ever produced. He is currently SLNA's all-time top goal scorer

Hà Nội T&T[edit]

In 2008, after a well-documented transfer saga, Vinh turned down Thể Công at the last minute to accept a more lucrative offer from T&T Hà Nội; it was the highest transfer fee in Vietnamese football at the time.[1]

Leixões S.C.[edit]

At the beginning of August 2009, T&T announced that Vinh would be joining Leixões Sport Club of Portugal in a three-month loan deal, starting 1 September 2009.[2][3] The deal was facilitated by Henrique Calisto, who was once Leixões' manager.

On 24 August 2009, Vinh officially signed with Leixões and was given the number 29 shirt. Two days later, in a friendly match against Padroense FC, he scored his first goal for the club, as a substitute, in the 89th minute to secure a 2–0 win. He was included in the 18-man squad for the match against defending champions F.C. Porto on 12 September,[4] but did not make the field in an eventual 1–4 loss. His first-team debut came on 4 October, in a league contest against União de Leiria, making him the first ever Vietnamese footballer to play in a professional European league;[5] he played the entire ninety minutes in an eventual 3–2 home win, despite trailing for most of the game.[6]

On 18 October 2009, Vinh scored his first official goal for Leixões, in a 2–1 Portuguese Cup win against Casa Pia AC. In January of the following year, he returned to Hà Nội T&T.

Hà Nội FC[edit]

Le Cong Vinh made the move from T&T to its city rivals Hà Nội FC in September 2011. Vinh was set to sign a three-year extension with T&T but decided to move to ACB after the controversial 2011 V-League season and the set up at ACB.[7]

Sông Lam Nghệ An[edit]

After Hà Nội FC was dissolved following the 2012 season, Công Vinh began the long process of finding a new club. After turning down trial offers from Sriwijaya[8] of the Indonesia Super League and Consadole Sapporo[9] of the J. League Division 2, he settled with a one-year loan move back to Sông Lam Nghệ An.[10]

Consadole Sapporo[edit]

After failed negotiations earlier in the 2013 V.League 1 season, Le Cong Vinh announced he would join J. League Division 2 side Consadole Sapporo on loan on 22 July 2013.[11] His time with Consadole is scheduled to last five months from August 2013 through 1 January 2014.[12] However, he decided to return Vietnam one month earlier than expected because Consadole Sapporo could not go to the play-off match.[13]

International career[edit]

In the first group match of the 2007 Asian Cup, Vinh scored the second goal for Vietnam to secure a 2–0 victory against United Arab Emirates; the nation eventually reached the quarterfinals, before falling to eventual champions Iraq.

After a quiet and much criticized performance in the group stage in the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup, Vinh came through in the elimination stage. He set up the only goal in a 1–0 upset of defending champions Singapore. In the first leg of the final, Vinh scored the second to give Vietnam a victory against Thailand in Bangkok.

In the second leg, Vinh set off a wild celebration throughout Vietnam as he headed home the tying goal in the last minute time to give Vietnam the first ever ASEAN Football Championship title.[14]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Vietnam's goal tally first.

Playing style[edit]

Vinh is widely considered one of the best players in South-East Asia. He is known for his exceptionally quick first step, having played in the traditional forward as well as the second striker role.

Additionally, Vinh has stated that he idolizes Luís Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo,[15] two of the best wingers in modern football. His favorite approach is to attack the box from both flanks and attempt to strike or create scoring opportunities for his teammates.


Vinh is widely regarded as one of the best strikers Vietnamese football has produced since Lê Huỳnh Đức, the first footballer from the country to have played professionally overseas. Only at age 23, Vinh won three Vietnamese Golden Balls (2004, 2006, 2007), the highest award given by the Vietnam Football Federation to the best footballer of the year. He and Duc are the only players who have won three.

In 2009, Vinh ranked number five on Goal.com's Top Ten Most Promising Youngsters in Asian Football.[16] In March 2009, he was given the Vietnamese Bronze Ball 2008, also holding the record for most goals scored in a single season by a Vietnamese player in the V-League for several seasons.[17] By May 2010, he was the top Vietnamese goal-scorer in the league's history, also ranking second in the all-time top scorers table.[18]

With Vietnam national football team

Personal life[edit]

Rumors surfaced in early 2009 that Vinh had been dating Vietnamese singer Thuy Tien as they were spotted together on multiple occasions. During an interview before leaving Vietnam to join Leixões, Vinh revealed to the press that he and the singer are in fact a couple.[19] This was later confirmed by Cường Đô La himself. They became engaged two years later. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter in January 2013.


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